By Sheriff Balogun
Following the public complaints received by the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in Ogun State, the commission has approached the Ogun State Police Command for support on justice.
The PCC was established by the Federal Government to assist the common man and also assist governments in building a good image by helping them to explain it in a clear and acceptable way.
Commissioner of the commission, Hon Wale Ogunbanjo, who led his team to the Police Command, Eleweran, Abeokuta, at the weekend, called for the support of the command on synergy between the commission and the Police.
He said without the Commission, the citizens of Ogun State and Nigerians might not be able to get redress in certain areas they are expecting, saying “for cases relating to police, if we don’t have a working relationship, there is no way we can deliver on our core mandates.”
He maintained that “PCC costs nobody one penny. It is a free service and we have five area services in Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ilaro and Ota. As at the end of December, 2012, we have been able to investigate 802 complaints, resolved 421 complaints while 381 are outstanding.”
He said the commission has been able to help many people in the state and has succeeded in getting redress for them, noting that “this was made possible with the much valued cooperation of top functionaries of government in the state.”
However, in his brief response, the state Commissioner for Police, (CP) Ikemefunna Okoye, said the primary duty of the police is to protect the citizen, stating “when it comes to justice, there’s need for us to cooperate with the commission for justice to prevail.”